Indiana Jones Cinematographer Dies Aged 103


British cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, who worked with Steven Spielberg on the Indiana Jones films, has died at the age of 103.

He died on Monday in a hospital in London, just days after celebrating his birthday.

Slocombe was originally a magazine photographer but broke into film when he travelled to Poland in 1939 as Nazi forces were sweeping eastwards.

After the war he worked on a series of classic British films in the 1940s and 1950s known as the Ealing comedies, including Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949) starring Alec Guinness.

Douglas Slocombe

He was director of photography on the original The Italian Job (1967) and won a BAFTA award for The Great Gatsby (1974).

When he was nearly 70, Steven Spielberg chose Slocombe to be head of cinematography on Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) and two more Indiana Jones films.

Spielberg said: “Dougie Slocombe was facile, enthusiastic, and loved the action of filmmaking.

“Harrison Ford was Indiana Jones in front of the camera, but with his whip-smart crew, Dougie was my behind the scenes hero for the first three Indy movies.”

He also worked on the James Bond film Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery.